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Cadets Train to Defend Against Cyber Attack

A stream of hostile data packets flooded a Web server. Cadets in camouflage fatigues moved double-time shouting about mail servers and passwords. Cadet Dan Jeffers calmly tracked the action on his computer screen, wondering about the enemy’s next move. “I’m sure they’re just surfing around, looking for something right now,” said Jeffers, examining long gray lines of scrolling script. The Cyber Defense Exercise conducted this week among the nation’s service academies is a new kind of drill to prepare a new kind of military. The flanking maneuver Jeffers worried about didn’t come from a tank column. It stemmed from hackers ramming his computer defenses. “The battle may be raging, but it’s happening in cyberspace,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Ragsdale of the U.S. Military Academy here. Full Story

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